Rwandan political activist killed in South Africa

Leading Rwandan opposition politician Seif Bamporiki has been shot dead in South Africa, where he lived in exile. A gunman fired a single bullet at Bamporiki as he was seated in a vehicle in a township in Cape Town, his Rwanda National Congress (RNC) party said. Wallets and mobile phones were stolen from the vehicle, but the motive was still unclear, the party said. Rwanda’s government has previously been accused of targeting dissidents in South Africa. It has consistently denied the allegation. The RNC was formed in exile by opposition politicians who accuse President Paul Kagame’s government of being authoritarian,…

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France ‘helped Rwanda genocide suspects escape’ in 1994

Authorities in Paris helped suspects in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to escape while under French military protection, according to a diplomatic cable, rekindling Kigali’s allegations that France secretly supported Hutu forces behind the killings. The document, written by France’s envoy to Rwanda and obtained by this reporter Sunday from a lawyer researching France’s actions during the genocide, suggested that Paris knew suspects had sought refuge in a “humanitarian safe zone” controlled by French soldiers. The soldiers had arrived in June 1994 as part of the UN-mandated Operation Turquoise to stop the massacres that left at least 800,000 people dead, mainly…

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Rwandan fugitive steals £222,000 from Cathedral to feed gambling addiction

A volunteering cathedral treasurer in England has reportedly stolen £222,000 to feed his gambling addiction. Rene Mugenzi, a British citizen of Rwandan origin, stole the money from St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich, England while acting as its treasurer. Local media reports indicate that Mugenzi was jailed for more than two years at Norwich Crown Court on Friday for siphoning the cash off the church’s bank account into his own between March 2016 and May 2018. He admitted the fraud at Norwich Magistrates’ Court in July, but magistrates barred the public from knowing about the case because Mugenzi’s solicitor…

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Coronavirus cases confirmed inside UN civilian protection site in South Sudan

The South Sudanese government has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 have been registered inside a civilians protection site in the capital, Juba. The site has about 30,000 people who sought protection there at the height of a civil war in the world’s youngest nation. According to the UN Peace Keeping Mission in South Sudan, although it’s devastating, the appearance of cases within one of the camps in the capital was not unexpected, given the rising number of cases confirmed within communities across the city. The country has so far confirmed 74 cases of COVID-19. Aid workers in South Sudan have…

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South Africa deports 900 undocumented migrants after some escaped from repatriation center

More than 900 undocumented migrants from Southern African countries were deported to their original nations last week, said a South African official on Monday. Bongani Bongo, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs of Parliament, revealed this during a visit to the Lindela Repatriation Center for undocumented migrants in Gauteng. The visit came after 37 illegal foreigners escaped from the center. More than 900 of people were deported back to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho and we’re left with about 500 people, he said. He said last week’s escape was captured on CCTV. It was also alleged that the escapees…

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Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel’s migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe. The migrant flow has slowed down but not dried up despite tight checks in the capital Niamey, and an increase of desert security patrols that have detained hundreds of people as desperate as ever to reach Europe, officials and former smugglers said. “Gambians, Senegalese, Malians, they are all determined to head there,” said Alassane Mamane, a retired civil servent who…

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First COVID-19 death in US immigration detention facility

First COVID-19 death in US immigration detention facility A 57-year-old Salvadoran man has become the first migrant held at a US immigration detention facility to die of coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Carlos Escobar-Mejia, who had been held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, died on Wednesday at an area hospital where he had been undergoing treatment since April 24, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement. The center, which is run by a private contractor, has registered 132 COVID-19 cases, by far the largest number of infections of the 41 ICE detention centers where…

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Extreme violence committed by Rwanda National Army Forces (RPA)

No words can Describe What we see here in the horrific photographs are acts of extreme violence committed by Rwanda National Army Forces (RPA) under strict orders of the Head of State Gen. Paul Rutagambwa Kagame against non-armed Tutsi Congolese refugees during peaceful protest for their fundamental rights over poor services and misappropriation of the funds meant for their welfare. Even if Kagamists within and outside the country apology would be little comfort for innocent refugees survived the 22nd-24th February massacres in Kiziba-Karongi in Southern Province of Rwanda. No amounts of times and no political declaration can easy, as long…

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UN experts killed in the DRC: conduct of the fact-finding mission.

The UN Security Council is calling on the DRC government to conduct a full investigation into the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, the two members of the group of experts murdered in Kasai last March. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Canadian prosecutor Robert Petit and other experts to help the Congolese military justice track this issue. The Security Council calls on Kinshasa to work with this team to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Who are these experts and in what framework is their mission? Robert Petit is a Canadian prosecutor who worked for the…

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